The US Army has identified a Special Forces student killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg on Thursday. Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida, 32, was on the Special Forces Qualification Course which takes place at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center.
The students were taking part in demolitions training when an explosion occurred, injuring seven other students. Early reports claimed that four students had died but this was claimed to be incorrect by Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
Bockholt also said that,
“USASOC continues to investigate what happened.”
Staff Sgt. Dalida was a member of the Special Forces Engineer Course, assigned to 1st Special Warfare Training Group.
Col. Michael Kornburger, commander of 1st Special Warfare Training Group, said,
“Our primary focus right now is to care for his loved ones. We will honor Staff Sgt. Dalida and help his family in their time of need,”
Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, the SWCS commander added “Staff Sgt. Dalida’s death is a reminder that a soldier’s job is inherently dangerous,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Dalida’s family and friends.”
“Staff Sgt. Dalida’s death is a reminder that a soldier’s job is inherently dangerous, our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Dalida’s family and friends.”
Dalida, who is from Dunstable, Massachusetts, has been in the Army since 2006. After training, he served in aviation units before deciding to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
He has earned multiple awards and decorations including the Air Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Aviation Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge.
The injured soldiers were moved to hospitals by air and land. It’s unclear of the conditions of the injured soldiers and remains to be discovered if any are in a life threatening condition.
Fort Bragg is the world’s largest military base and has more than 50,000 active duty personnel based at the site. It covers 251 square miles and is home to many of the US military units including USASOC and the Womack Army Medical Centre.